IT WAS FANTASTIC......Mahalo to all of our Pacific NW Hawaiian community members who helped make the first ever “Live Aloha.....A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” at the Seattle Center a huge success! Thank you to the volunteers, to the vendors, to the Security guys, to our sponsors and to the members of the “Live Aloha...” planning group who gave so much of their time and talents to create our Pacific NW area Hawaiian community's moment in the Sun! Mahalo to Ben Baker, entertainment coordinator (who was injured in an auto accident the day before the event and hospitalized...Ben is, thankfully, on the mend but faces weeks of physical therapy for hip/back injuries suffered in the accident); mahalo to Lu Awa`a (a do it all lady who suffered a stroke but is recovering nicely) and to Sharmayne Schilling (vendor coordinator), Leilani Lovell (workshops), Boy Chun Fook (Hui Wa'a display/Security) to Fred Whang (Sponsorship, do it all guy), Aunty Emma Sarono (Stage Manager), to Keanu Tabali (designer), Dina Manatad (publicity), Kiha Kinney (Volunteers), RussHayes (Treasurer) and Lucy Bernard, Terry Uemura, Peter Tabali, Bernie Simeona and Dickie Kinimaka, all of whom attended meetings, provided input and created the foundation upon which the Festival was built. Mahalo to Iwalani Christian and her Hula Halau Na Lei O Manuakepa dancers who opened up our Festival with a very poignant protocol presentation seeking permission from our Native American ohana for our Festival to proceed on their land! Mahalo to all our wonderful workshop instructors and to all the entertainers who entranced the audiences all day long with their superb performances!
Last but not least, a very special mahalo to my event co-coordinator, Angela Manke...while it did take a village (all of us together) to do this event, it was Angela who took the first step by recommending to her boss that he should include a Hawaiian festival to the twenty other ethnic festivals the City of Seattle holds each year. It also was Angela who did so much of the behind the scenes work, tying all the loose ends together! The Seattle Center staff were so impressed with how well the festival went that they have approved the next "Live Aloha....A Hawaiian Cultural Festival" for September 13, 2009!
IMUA:PUNAHOU! Once again, the Buff and Blue came and, once again (as they did in 2006), they conquered! This time though, they not only won on the athletic fields, but they also won the hearts of hundreds of our Pacific NW Hawaiian community members.
The Punahou wahines demolished their volleyball opponents on Friday, winning every one of the three matches they played. On Saturday evening, Punahou's football team beat a very good Central Kitsap team 42-19. Then on Sunday, the entire 150 plus Punahou student/athletes and staff entourage got on the Seattle Center stage to say Mahalo to the audience at the “Live Aloha....A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” for all the support the Hawaiian Islanders of the Seattle Metropolitan area provided during the two Punahou trips here! You all know I bleed Kamehameha Blue & White but I have to tell you that I could never ever be prouder of anyone then I am of the Punahou folks I have been privileged to meet during their 2006 and 2008 visits to Seattle!!! From Punahou School President Dr James Kapaeali`i Scott (born in Waimanalo, grew up in Kailua)...to Peter Hata, Academy Dean.......to Myron Arakawa, Director of College Counseling....to Kale Ane, football coach.....to my dear friends/Punahou staffers LeelaGoldstein, Lisa Schiff, Laurel Husain and Kikilia Schaefer, Director of Alumni Relations....God bless and love them for who they are but especially for what they are doing! Led by Dr Scott, the Punahou vision has been refined into, in Dr Scott’s words,“producing the nextgeneration of change agents, not just the next generation ofconsumers.....to teach them to be more inventive and innovative and resourceful about how they might do things differently....” Hawaii is so lucky to have educators like Dr Scott and Peter, Myron, Leela, Lisa, Laurel, Kikilia, and Kale, each of whom strives in their day to day tasks to mold their Punahou students into Hawaii’s next generation of leaders/change agents! IMUA PUNAHOU....you guys DaMan!!!!!
Number 4 in a row??? Really nice guy Wayne Wong (producer of three Hawaiian music Grammy Award winners) just gave me an advance copy of the latest C.D. (The Spirit ofHawaiian Slack Key Guitar) that he and his partners have produced......nice music, could easily be Grammy #4......good luck Wayne!
It is a sad consequence of the difficult financial times we are going through that THREE small Hawaiian businesses in Washington State have or are being closed. Benny and Tonya Lagmay closed their Lei`s Family Restaurant in Duvall, WA at the end of September 2008. At the end of October 2008, Liz and Patrick Young will close their Aloha Ohana Store in Marysville, WA and last, but not least, my good friends Williama and Lynn Aven will also shut down their popular Hawaiian hangout (Ante Nani’s Ohana Koffee Korner) in Bothell, WA! We wish each and all of them the best of luck in their future endeavors!
Gotta hele on......a hui hou e malama pono (until next we meet, take care).......Danny
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